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ZetaTalk: Status Symbols
Note: written on Oct 15, 1995
Human society, as most 3rd Density societies, is rift with status symbols - big cars, big houses, titles after the name, designer clothing, the right neighborhood,
membership in elite groups, and name recognition. For many, the status symbol looms more important that any underlying meaning, because the status symbol
- Those with money have more power than those without, almost invariably, as money can buy cooperation. Thus, most status symbols denote money. Where
it is difficult to put on the facade of big money without the actual prop, those masquerading as well-to-do manage to do so surprisingly well on occasion by
dressing well, acting arrogant, and getting others to foot the bill. This is usually a short run affair, with the perpetrator remaining on as a pet of the wealthy
only happening in the movies. The perpetrator is almost without exception resented for crashing the gates and prosecuted.
- Those with membership in elite, exclusive groups have more power than those without, as the membership cooperates with each other, doing favors, and
thus each member has a larger reach. Thus, those with such memberships almost invariably advertise them in any introduction or brief biography they
provide. Rarely are those without actual memberships able to assume this facade. This is not due to any difficulty in making up counterfeit certificates or
cards, but due to the clubby way members communicate with each other. Phone calls on a first name basis, and introductions from someone known before a
stranger is allowed into the midst. This ploy, claiming membership one does not possess, is not tried often as it is invariably counterproductive.
- Those with name recognition have more power than those without, as others are afraid of offending them for fear of the incident becoming widely known.
Thus hotel accommodations or fast and often free service is provided as everyone suspects the cameras may be running in some manner. Scams where the
power hungry assume the name of someone well known are usually short running, though all humans can have look-alikes and some of the famous have
many. A certain dress, a little make-up, practice the voice and posture, and voile, one can walk about and pick up the perks at a party or convention. The
counterfeit personage, emboldened by success, tends to use this routine more and more often and linger, thus eventually getting caught and dealing with a lot
of disgust and venom thrown their way, outweighing any benefits gained.
- However, the easiest status symbol to attain, and the one most often used by the power hungry, is a title after the name. Doctor, Judge, CPA,
Representative, Director, Manager, Esquire, President, Captain, General - how often are the titles verified as genuine? Almost never, unless the personage is
applying for a job and even then this type of checking is seldom done if the personage has the proper demeanor. Thus, the power hungry can assume a title
and get away with it in the main, winning deference and rapt attention at a minimum, entry where the doors were formerly locked, an audience where the
message was formerly dismissed, and as any good salesman knows, getting the foot in the door is half the battle! They are home.
Thus, when one finds status symbols in the form of titles after a stranger's name, particularly nebulous titles, one should not instantly assume they are dealing with a
person who has earned the title, or any title for that matter.
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